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Welcome to the BBFC Media Centre.  Here you can access BBFC Media Releases.

For all enquiries please contact Catherine Anderson,  Head of Communications. 

Tel: 0207 440 3285 Out of hours: 07946 423719 E-mail:

For media requests regarding access to BBFC Archive files please let us have a list of the film titles you would like to research, along with their release dates. It helps us find the relevant documents for you if you are able to  give detail relating to the research being undertaken, or your reasons for the enquiry. We will then check the availability of each file and contact you to arrange an appointment for you to view the records at the BBFC.  The BBFC is not able to undertake any research into the contents of files on behalf of the media. 

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BBFC Announces New Director


The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) today announced the appointment of David Austin OBE, as the new Director of the BBFC.

Research shows 78% of parents value age ratings for online music videos


BBFC research shows benefits of joint industry initiative to provide age ratings for music videos online

BBFC Director David Cooke to retire in March 2016


David Cooke will retire on 12 March 2016 following 12 years in post.

British Board of Film Classification grow online child protection while theatrical submissions remain at 1960s level-high


Further voluntary regulation of online content began in October, when the BBFC in partnership with the BPI, Vevo and You Tube, and UK record companies Sony Music UK, Universal Music UK and Warner Music UK, launched a pilot to classify online music videos by UK artists signed to the three major...

Website Maintenance: Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May


We would ask all customers to make submissions before the office closes at 6pm on Friday 15 May. The BBFC App will continue to function normally over the weekend.We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.END

Online Music Video Age Rating Pilot Moves To Next Phase


The BPI and BBFC, in partnership with Vevo and You Tube, and UK record companies Sony Music UK, Universal Music UK and Warner Music UK, can announce that age ratings are now being displayed on the music videos they upload to digital service providers Vevo and YouTube. 

BBFC introduces new Classification Framework to help keep content on mobile phones suitable for under-12s


The self-regulatory partnership between EE and the BBFC brings trusted, transparent and consistent BBFC standards to content accessed via the mobile network helping to protect younger children by restricting certain unsuitable content for under 12’s.   

BBFC publish new research into public attitudes to glamour content on mobile devices


The BBFC has been the provider of the Mobile Classification Framework used by Mobile Network Operators in the UK to calibrate their filters since September 2013. This Classification Framework, along with the policies that underpin it, is consistent with the standards used to classify film and...

BBFC supports Rotary Red Carpet Gala Screening to raise funds for isolated elderly across Hampshire and Dorset


Thanks to sponsorship from the BBFC, and to the generosity of 20th Century Fox and the University of Southampton and the University’s Students’ Union, who are freely providing the screening, all of the money raised from tickets and corporate sponsorship will be granted through Age UK Southampton...

BBFC launch 12A cinema advert


The BBFC has released a new advert to help increase awareness of what the 12A cinema rating means. In 2013 the BBFC found that 75%  of the British public understand that a film rated 12A is generally suitable for children aged 12 and over, but a younger child may see the film if accompanied by an...